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16 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 16 Aug 2018 Serbia

Serbian News Portal 'Juzne Vesti' Facing Administrative Harassment

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Index
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Partner EFJ/IFJ Index
The Serbian news portal 'Juzne Vesti' has been subjected to a series of administrative harassment acts by the local government, according to the Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia (IJAS-NUNS). The news portal has been subjected to continuous tax investigation for the last six months. The investigation found no errors in its tax management, but resulted in a legal procedure seeking payment of a fine of 1 million dinars (approximately 8,400 EUR) pursuant to a Tax Authority regulation, the "Job Catalogue" in public services and other organizations of the public sector. The regulation defines the tasks of an editor in chief working in public service media, but is not applicable to private media. According to NUNS, this case raises concerns of systemic intimidation by the government against critical private media. Applying the "Job Catalogue" to private media leads to state interference in the work of media by regulating terms and conditions of editors-in-chief and journalists’ employment in private media.
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14 Aug 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 14 Aug 2018 Romania

Journalists Beaten by Riot Police During Bucharest Protest

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CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ Index
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Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ Index
Several journalists have been beaten by the Romanian riot police during the violent clashes between the police and anti-government protesters in Bucharest on the evening of 10 August 2018. Romanian gendarmes assaulted and verbally attacked with no reason journalists covering the protest around Victoriei Square, in Bucharest. Cases of physical attacks were reported by journalists Robert Mihăilescu (Hotnews.ro), Cristi Stefanescu (DW) and Vlad Ursulean (Casa Jurnalistului), by photojournalists Ioana Moldovan (Documentaria.ro) and Silviu Matei (Agerpres) and by reporter Cristian Popa and cameraperson Cristi Ban (Digi24 news TV). A camera operator of the Austrian public television operator ORF, Robert Reinprecht, was also beaten by the riot police after the square was cleared. The clashes left 452 wounded, including journalists. The Romanian union of journalists MediaSind issued a statement calling on Romanian authorities to sanction "the gendarmes who acted illegally and those who gave the orders."
Follow-ups
16 Aug 2018
New Greatly concerned by violence against journalists during recent protests, the OSCE representative calls on authorities to swiftly investigate the incidents.
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13 Aug 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 27 Jun 2018 Croatia

Journalist Hospitalised Following Assault

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner Index EFJ/IFJ
Partner Index EFJ/IFJ
On 24 June 2018, Journalist Hrvoje Bajlo was left with severe injuries and had to be hospitalised following a brutal attack in the coastal town of Zadar, the Croatian news website Index.hr reported. Index said that Bajlo, who owns the Zadar News website and also writes for the national media outlets Index and the Nacional weekly, named his attacker as Jakov Surać, a former football player who used to play for the Zadar team and is now a businessman. Surać was arrested and was held in police custody for two days in connection with the attack, but was later released on condition that he did not come within 50 metres of Bajlo, the news website N1 reported. The incident, which happened on Sunday evening in front of a café bar in Zadar, resulted in Bajlo's right arm being broken plus other injuries to his body and head, the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) said. In a statement published on its website, HND said that Surać first verbally abused Bajlo, referring to his work for the two national media outlets, and then threatened to kill him if he continued to write about two former senior government officials who are under investigation for corruption. According to HND, Surać then physically assaulted Bajlo, who was left unconscious after the attack. HND noted that over the last few years, Bajlo had already received threats on account of his investigative journalism, but despite reporting all these threats to the police, no progress had been made in resolving these cases. It demanded firmer action on the part of the police, and called on the government to clearly condemn the increasing number of threats and attacks against journalists.
State replies
13 Aug 2018
New Response by the Croatian authorities
Follow-ups
27 Jun 2018
New The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media condemned the physical attack and death threat against a journalist Hrvoje Bajlo.
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10 Aug 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 10 Aug 2018 Serbia

Impunity for a Series of Killings, Kidnappings and Disappearances of Serbian and Albanian Journalists in 1998-2005

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryImpunity for murder
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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Partner EFJ/IFJ
It has been close to twenty years since the killings, kidnappings and disappearances of 14 Serbian and Albanian journalists in Kosovo between 1998 and 2005 and no one was brought to justice for these crimes committed. During the Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists which took place on 6 June 2018 in Lisbon, a resolution was adopted by the General Assembly calling for prompt and effective investigations of the unresolved crimes against 14 Albanian and Serbian journalists in Kosovo and calling on the Serbian and Kosovo authorities to step up co-operation in the investigation of these cases. The resolution was adopted following a joint motion of the Association of Journalists of Serbia, Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia, Association of Journalists of Kosovo and Journalists’ Union of Serbia.

The resolution called for renewed efforts to investigate and bring perpetrators before to justice for the murder and kidnapping of journalists, as well as to provide compensation for their families, for the following cases:
- the kidnapping of Đuro Slavuj and Ranko Perenić of Radio Pristina who disappeared during assignment on a road near Orahovac on the 21 August 1998;
- the murder of Afrim Maliqi, journalist in Pristina on the 2 December 1998;
- the murder of Enver Maloku in Pristina on the 11th of January 1999;
- the disappearance of Ljubomir Knežević, correspondent of the national daily “Politika” and journalist of “Jedinstvo” from Pristina, who went missing in Vučitrn/Vushtrri on 6 May 1999;
- the kidnapping of Milo Buljević, worker of Radio-Television Pristina in Pristina on 25 June 1999;
- the murder of Aleksandar Simović, journalist of Media Action International in Pristina on 21 August 1999;
- the murder of Krist Gegaj, editor in RTV Pristina on 12 September 1999;
- the murder of photo-reporter Momir Stokuća in Pristina on 21 September 1999;
- the disappearance of the journalist of the Serbian desk of Radio Kosovo, Marjan Melonaši, in Pristina on 9 September 2000;
- the murder of Shefki Popova, journalist of “Rilindja” on 10 September 2000 in Vučitrn/Vushtrri;
- the murder of Xhemajl Mustafa, journalist of the newspaper “Bota sot” in Pristina on 23 November 2000;
- the murder of Bekim Kastrati, journalist of the newspaper “Bota sot” in the village of Lauš near Pristina on 19 October 2001;
- the murder of Bardhyl Ajeti, journalist and columnist of the newspaper “Bota sot”, who was attacked on 3 June 2005 in the village of Bresaljce near Gnjilane, and died on the 28 June 2005.
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09 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 09 Aug 2018 "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

Amendments to the Electoral Code Empower State Election Commission to Issue Fines to Media for ‘Unbalanced Reporting'

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Several amendments to the Electoral Code were passed on 25 July 2018 by the Macedonian Parliament in a fast-track procedure, as a result of a political agreement between the leaders of the four main political parties. An amendment to the Electoral Code empowers the State Election Commission to register and monitor online media reporting on the elections. In addition, the Article 181a of the law provides for fines of up to 4,000 Euros to traditional and online media for their “unbalanced or impartial reporting”. The Association of Journalists of Macedonia, the Independent Union of Journalists and Media Workers and the Council of Media Ethics of Macedonia have criticised the new Electoral Code as an interference by public authorities in the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas during electoral campaigns and in their editorial independence.

The associations of journalists recalled that while the media have a duty to inform the public in a fair and professional manner, this can be achieved through self-regulatory measures, setting out guidelines, codes of conduct and professional standards, rather than through decisions of politically-appointed electoral bodies.
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08 Aug 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 15 Jun 2018 Turkey

Kurdish Journalist Berzan Güneş Arrested for Social Media Posts

Source of threatState
CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 11 June 2018, Berzan Güneş, a journalist for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya online news agency has been put in pre-trial detention due to his social media postings as a part of an investigation by Iğdır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. The journalist appeared before the court on accusations of making propaganda on behalf of a terror group and was put behind bars later in the day. Mr Güneş’ camera and electronic devices were seized.

Berzan Güneş was detained at a police checkpoint on his way to cover a news story in the city of Şırnak. According to Turkish authorities, he was arrested on charges of “disseminating propaganda for the terrorist organization”, referring to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). He was taken to Şırnak T Type Closed Prison.
Updates
New 08 Aug 2018
On 6 August 2018, journalist Berzan Güneş was released and placed under judicial control by Iğdır criminal court. A international travel ban was also imposed on him.
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06 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 06 Aug 2018 Italy

Journalist Enrico Nascimbeni Attacked with a Knife in Milan

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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Partner EFJ/IFJ
Italian journalist, writer and anti-fascist activist Enrico Nascimbeni was attacked by two men armed with a knife on 1st August 2018, in front of his apartment’s door in Milan. The attackers clearly intended to hurt him in the face. The journalist, however, was hit in the arm, while trying to protect himself. One of the two men allegedly shouted "communist scum" before leaving. The victim, who had already received several threats by email and on social networks, has stated that he lodged a complaint.
Follow-ups
06 Aug 2018
New OSCE Representative for media freedom calls for swift and effective investigation.
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06 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 15 May 2015 Spain

Electoral Coverage under Political Control in Spain

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
In April 2015, the Collegium of Journalists of Catalonia has launched a campaign to denounce to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the legal provisions which lock the coverage of election campaigns in the Spanish public media. The Spanish electoral law makes it possible for a central electoral commission, composed of judges and experts appointed by political parties, to impose coverage criteria of an electoral campaign to the public media: the so called "Electoral information slots". In particular, the parties decide on the length of airtime which must be devoted to each political party and in which order these interventions should be disseminated during the 15 days preceding the election. These “slots” apply to the entire editorial production of the public broadcasters, including TV news. This instrument contradicts the independence of public media editors, forcing them to boycott the new political parties in favour of parties already represented in Parliament. The EFJ and IFJ believe that this political interference in the editorial work violates Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which enshrines explicitly "the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority”
Resolved
New 06 Aug 2018: On 28 May 2015, the European Court of Human Rights rejected the application lodged on 22 January 2015 by the Collegium of Journalists of Catalonia. On 6 August 2018, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
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06 Aug 2018
Code of good practice in electoral matters
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06 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 13 Jul 2017 Poland

Polish Defence Minister Seeks Criminal Charges against Journalist for 'Coercion', 'Insult' over Exposé of Associates' Contacts

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner IPI Article 19 AEJ EFJ/IFJ RSF
Partner IPI Article 19 AEJ EFJ/IFJ RSF
The military department of Poland’s National Prosecutor's Office confirmed it received a request from the defence ministry to investigate Gazeta Wyborcza journalist Tomasz Piątek for using “violence or illegal threats” and “public insults” against a “constitutional authority of the Republic of Poland” over Piątek’s book “Macierewicz and his secrets”, which focuses on Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. The book, which was published in late June 2017, examines Macierewicz’s network of aides, collaborators and political associates. It accuses many of them of alleged contacts, both political and financial, with Russian entities close to the Kremlin, Russia’s military intelligence agency and the “Solntsevo” international criminal organisation.

The ministry reportedly cited three Criminal Code provisions in seeking charges. Art. 244 prevents use of violence or an illegal threat to coerce a public official to undertake or abstain from legal official activity. It is punishable by up to three years in prison. Art. 226 imposes a fine or up to two years of imprisonment for publicly insulting or humiliating a constitutional authority of the Republic of Poland. Art. 231a extends to public officials who are unlawfully attacked because of their position the same legal protection that they would enjoy if attacked during or in connection with the performance of their public duties.
Progress
20 Mar 2018: On 19 March 2018, Poland’s Prosecutor’s office announced that it had decided not to pursue a criminal case against Tomasz Piątek who had been accused by the Minister of Defence Antoni Macierewicz of defaming a constitutional organ (ie., the Minister). The Prosecutor’s spokesman said that Piątek’s book had not given grounds for such a case to be pursued by the Office and noted that it was more a case of defamation which could be pursued in a civil court.   Article published by Gazeta Wyborcza: " 'Macierewicz i jego tajemnice'. Nie będzie śledztwa prokuratury w sprawie książki Tomasza Piątka'
Resolved
New 06 Aug 2018: On 6 August 2018, considering the decision of the prosecutor’s office to drop the charges against Tomasz Piatek, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ‘resolved’, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
State replies
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03 Aug 2017
OSCE media freedom representative concerned about complaint filed against journalist by Poland’s Defence Ministry
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06 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 01 Feb 2018 Poland

Poland: New Bill Could Ban Journalists from Historical Debate

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner Article 19 AEJ
Partner Article 19 AEJ
On 1 February 2018 the Polish Senate approved an amendment to the National Remembrance Institute Act (NRIA), introducing criminal liability for ‘publicly ascribing responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish People or State for Nazi crimes committed by the Third Reich’, as well as for ‘grossly reducing the responsibility of the actual perpetrators of these crimes.’ This act is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of up to 3 years.

The authors of the bill state its aim as counteracting the phrase “Polish concentration camps”, used by non-Polish commentators to describe Nazi concentration camps on the territory of Poland, during the occupation of Poland during the Second World War. While the Bill includes an exception for artistic or scientific expression, it does not clearly state how artistic or scientific activity would be defined. There is a risk the legislation could affect media freedom, particularly with regard to journalists engaged in debates about Poland’s history.

The Bill also introduces vague provisions on civil liability for ‘infringement of the good name of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Nation’, in violation of international standards, which do not permit restrictions on freedom of expression made in order to protect “the state” or its symbols from insult or criticism. The amendments based on existing provisions in the Civil Code aimed at the "Protection of Personal Interests" (Articles 23-24). The amendments would enable the National Remembrance Institute or a non-governmental organisation to bring a claim against an individual. Remedies could include a retraction of the statement and/or compensation. Compensation would be awarded to the State Treasury, and the amount awarded at the discretion of the courts, opening up the possibility of very large fines, that could cripple independent outlets.

The bill is now awaiting approval by the Polish President.
Resolved
New 06 Aug 2018: Following the amendments to the law adopted on 27 June 2018 and removing provisions foreseeing fines or criminal penalties for anyone found guilty of “ascribing to the Polish nation or State the responsibility for the crimes of the Third German Reich", on 6 August 2018, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
New 27 Jun 2018
On 27 June 2018, Polish Parliament amended the law, removing fines or criminal penalties for anyone found guilty of ascribing Nazi crimes to the Polish nation or state.
State replies
Follow-ups
02 Feb 2018
New law on World War II crimes in Poland can threaten freedom of expression, says OSCE Representative Désir.
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06 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 01 Aug 2018 Turkey

Turkish Cypriot Journalists Sener Levent and Ali Osman Facing Charges in Turkey

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ IPI
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ IPI
On 31 July 2018, the Public Prosecutor's Office in Ankara filed criminal charges against reporter and editor Sener Levent and journalist Ali Osman of Cyprus daily newspaper "Afrika" over criticism of Turkey military operations in Syria and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The journalists have been informed by the police officers in Northern Cyprus. The first case is filed over the publication concerning the Turkish military operation in Afrin, comparing it to Turkish occupation of Cyprus, published on January 2018. The second case is filed over an article of Levent, "Zorba the Cypriot", criticising the Turkish government, published on February 2018.
Follow-ups
06 Aug 2018
New Legal charges initiated by Turkey against Turkish Cypriot journalists Şener Levent and Ali Osman should be dropped, urges OSCE Representative
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01 Aug 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 16 May 2018 Slovak Republic

Slovak Police Seize Mobile Phone of Czech Investigative Reporter

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner IPI AEJ CPJ EFJ/IFJ Index
Partner IPI AEJ CPJ EFJ/IFJ Index
Police in Slovakia on 15 May 2018 seized a mobile phone belonging to prominent Czech investigative journalist Pavla Holcová during an eight-hour questioning in Bratislava. Holcová, the head of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism, had been summoned to Slovakia, ostensibly in order to provide information related to the February murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, with whom Holcová had collaborated to examine connections between the mafia and Slovak officials. However, police proceeded to question Holcová on matters not relevant to the murder investigation and that pertained to her journalistic work. Without prior warning, officials demanded access to her phone and eventually confiscated the device. Authorities did not offer a justification for the move.
Updates
New 01 Aug 2018
The Platform partners who submitted this alert acknowledge the reply of the Slovak authorities but consider that the Alert has not yet been satisfactorily resolved, given that certain grievances regarding the confiscation of the phone of Pavla Holcova and the conditions of her interrogation may not have received a full, adequate or appropriate response from the State authorities. Pavla Holcova considers that neither the police nor the prosecution have provided demonstrable proof that they did not decrypt her phone and access the contents. She contends that it is still not clear what happened to her phone between 15 May (the day it was seized) and 17 May (the day it was sealed). Pavla Holcova was only told by the authorities - after the return of the phone - that it was not needed any more. The Platform partners seek to follow, and potentially take a future position on, certain aspects of the case that are continuing to be dealt with or investigated. Firstly, we are following the decision of the Constitutional Court in relation to Pavla Holcova’s request that the national authorities invalidate the seizure order against her. Until the order is nullified, Platform partners believe that Ms Holcova could still be at potential risk of interference and harassment from the Slovak authorities, including the police or other state agencies. Invalidating such a seizure order would also send a positive signal that the actions of the relevant state authorities, which were acknowledged to have ‘exceeded the object of the investigation’, were unwarranted. What is more, until now the journalist has received no apology or offer of compensation which might be considered to be adequate redress for the unwarranted manner in which she was treated. In addition, it remains questionable to what extent the information on Ms Holcova’s phone may or may not have been accessed by the Slovak police or other state agencies. Platform partners are led to believe that further tests are being conducted independently to ascertain this. The conclusions of these tests will allow the Platform partners to make a further assessment of the extent to which the national authorities’ response was adequate. Given legal proceedings, and the time for testing, the Platform partners hope to provide a further position on the status of the alert without unnecessary delay.
State replies
04 Jul 2018
New Statement of the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the Council of Europe
Follow-ups
18 May 2018
'Protection of journalists' sources has to be recognized, (Pavla Holcova's) phone should be returned, privacy respected', says OSCE Media Freedom Representative
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 31 Jul 2018 Cyprus

Death Threat Against Journalist Costas Constantinou

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ
On 20 July 2018, journalist Costas Constantinou has received a death threat on Facebook under his opinion post, marking the day of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. The journalist also broadcast his criticism of what was done in the aftermath of the Turkish Invasion through a radio discussion programme, identifying those who he said had benefited from it. His post was shared with a Facebook group "Dimokratiki Paremvasi" (Democratic Intervention), which has over 20 000 members. One of the comments posted in response said "someone should put a bullet through his head to end this. A Turk in every sense of the word". Costas Constantinou has regularly aired his views on political and social issues in Cyprus in his column and radio programmes in media owned by the Politis group, which is regarded as controversial in some circles. The journalist has also received anonymous threats and derogatory comments about his work in the past. The case was reported to the Chief of Police of Cyprus.
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 25 May 2018 Ukraine

Russian Media Organisations Banned for Three Years in Ukraine

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ Index
Partner EFJ/IFJ CPJ Index
In a Presidential decree signed on 14 May 2018 and made public ten days later on 24 May, the authorities in Ukraine announced a new list of Russian companies and media organisations based in the country, targeted for sanctions. The new list includes Russian news agencies RIA Novosti, Rossiyasegodnya.rf, Sputniknews.com, Rsport.ria.ru, 1prime.ru, Realty.ria. ru and rian.com.ua as well as the TV channels rtr-planeta.com, russia.tv, vesti.ru, tvkultura.ru, digitalrussia.tv.

The decree, which bans Russian media organisations for three years, introduces measures such as blocking of assets, limiting or stopping the provision of telecommunications services and the use of public telecommunications networks, blocking access to their web sites.

The announcement comes a week after a RIA Novosti journalist was detained in Kyiv and accused of treason.
State replies
31 Jul 2018
New Reply from the Government of Ukraine
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
State replied
Alert created on: 01 Jun 2018 Ukraine

Threats against the President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

Source of threatState
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Several journalists have been threatened in Ukraine, in a context of increasing verbal violence against the media and the journalists' organisations that challenge the actions of Ukrainian government. On 30 May 2018, Larissa Sargan, spokeswoman of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, posted on her Facebook page a list of 26 so-called "traitors" who criticized the law enforcement authorities after the information about the “murder” in Kyiv of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko. The "murder" was in fact an operation in which Ukrainian security services (SBU) faked Babchenkos's assassination. Two journalists appear in Larissa Sargan's list of so-called traitors: Myroslava Gongadze and Sergiy Tomilenko, who is the President of the National Union of journalists of Ukraine. On 16 May 2018, Iryna Gerashchenko, first vice-speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, attacked verbally the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. She accused the union to cooperate with the "Kremlin propagandists". In the following days, Sergiy Tomilenko was targeted by online threats (mainly Facebook posts and comments) calling the Ukrainian Security Services to imprison him.
State replies
31 Jul 2018
New Reply from the Government of Ukraine
Follow-ups
06 Jun 2018
Ukrainian journalists and media must be able to express their opinions openly and freely, says OSCE Representative
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 04 May 2018 Germany

German Photographers Chased and Assaulted by Neo-Nazis

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner Index
Partner Index
On 29 April 2018, two freelance photographers were injured after being chased through the Thuringian countryside by Neo-Nazis armed with baseball bats, knives, a wrench and teargas.

The pair were initially pursued by car, then on foot when they had to abandon their car on a country road. One of the photographers suffered an open wound to his head from being hit with a wrench and the other was stabbed in his thigh. The assailants smashed the car windows and slashed its tires before fleeing with the photographic equipment.

The photographers were taking images and video footage of the home of Thorsten Heise, Thuringian leader of the far-right party National Democratic Party (NPD). Anti-Fascist group ALI called Hiese’s home a networking point and training camp for violent Neo-Nazis in a statement on 30 April, regional daily Märkishe Allgemeine reported. In the previous week Heise hosted the “Shield and Sword” festival in Saxony attended by over 1,000 Neo-Nazis from Germany and neighbouring countries, in which police intervened numerous times as militants had done the Nazi salute and displaying signs of proscribed organisations.

Police are investigating charges of robbery and attempted homicide and conducted a raid on Heise’s home the same day. Police press spokesperson Fränze Töpfer said the suspects are known to the police.
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31 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 31 Jul 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Violence against Journalists during Veteran Protest in Sarajevo

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
A photojournalist of Klix.ba online news portal and several reporters of Al Jazeera Balkans TV were physically assaulted during army veteran protest in Sarajevo, on 26 July 2018. The photojournalist was approached by a protester and attacked with a metal rod after refusing to stop taking photographs. Reporters from Al Jazeera intervened in order to protect the photojournalist, but were attacked by other protesters.
Police has arrested the attacker, who was filmed assaulting the journalists and stating "it is not over". She will be prosecuted under the criminal law.
On 27 July, the editorial office of Klix.ba received an anonymous phone call of a man stating: "Yesterday, you escaped but this will not be the case again. We will find your reporters on the streets and chop their heads off". The case was reported to the local police.
Follow-ups
31 Jul 2018
New OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media condemns physical attack against two reporters of klix.ba & AJBalkans.
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25 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
No state reply yet
Alert created on: 25 Jul 2018 Russian Federation

Russia Bans Estonian Journalists over "Russophobia" Allegations

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 6 June 2018, the Russian Minister of Foreign affairs informed the Ambassador of Estonia to Russian Federation and the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the publication of a list of people who are banned from entering Russia. The list includes 20 Estonian public figures. Three of them are journalists. As announced by Artyom Kozhin, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they are listed for having expressed “Russophobia”. The statement also confirms that the list was issued in response to the decision of the Estonian government to impose an entry ban on 49 Russians included on the Magnitsky List. The banned Estonian journalists are Ainar Ruussaar, working as special reporter for media house Eesti Media and daily newspaper Postimees, Eerki Bahovski, editor of a monthly foreign politics publication and employee of the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), and Toomas Alatalu, freelance foreign politics analyst and journalist, member of the Estonian Association of Journalists.
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24 Jul 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 24 Jul 2018 Italy

Journalist Roberto Saviano Sued by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ RSF
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ AEJ RSF
Italian journalist and writer Roberto Saviano has been sued on 20 July 2018 by the Italian Minister of Interior and leader of right-wing League party Matteo Salvini on defamation. Minister accuses Saviano of accusing him of an alleged support for the mafia. Earlier, Salvini called on Twitter for reviewing current police protection for journalists, to which Saviano responded in calling Salvini “a buffoon” and “minister of the underworld”, followed by critique on his immigration policies. In his work, Saviano exposed the work and influence of Camorra mafia in Campania region of Italy in a publication “Gomorrah” (2006). Journalist has been critical towards current migration policy applied by current office of the Minister of Interior and the League party. Saviano has collaborated with local and international newspapers in line with his work on Camorra crime syndicate and organised crime in general. Due to the numerous death threats the journalist received for his work, Saviano is under regular police protection.
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23 Jul 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 23 Jul 2018 Italy

Death Threats to Journalist Marilù Mastrogiovanni

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
No state reply yet
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 12 July 2018, journalist Marilù Mastrogiovanni of the Sicilian newspaper "Il Tacco" was targeted with death threats that flooded her professional email account. "Il Tacco" reported that this was not the first occasion the journalist had been subjected to intimidation attempts, and that the level of protection for her and her family had been increased. The death threats followed a publication on "Il Tacco" covering relations between organised crime and tourism business. Two weeks before the death threats, bags of rubbish were thrown into backyard of Mastrogiovanni's home, following a series of similar cases against her. The local authorities are investigating the situation. Marilù Mastrogiovanni is an investigative journalist, covering corruption, economic and political relations between organised crime and business sector in Salento (Southern Italy).
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13 August 2018

Journalist Hospitalised Following Assault

6 August 2018

Journalist Enrico Nascimbeni Attacked with a Knife in Milan

6 August 2018

Turkish Cypriot Journalists Sener Levent and Ali Osman Facing Charges in Turkey

31 July 2018

Violence against Journalists during Veteran Protest in Sarajevo

31 July 2018

Threats against the President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

31 July 2018

Russian Media Organisations Banned for Three Years in Ukraine

31 July 2018

German Photographers Chased and Assaulted by Neo-Nazis

20 July 2018

Greek Journalist Tony Bosnakoudis Detained when Investigating Police and Bus Company Links to Illegal Traffickers

12 July 2018

RIA Novosti Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky Held on Treason Allegations in Ukraine

4 July 2018

Slovak Police Seize Mobile Phone of Czech Investigative Reporter

4 July 2018

Slovak Journalist Gets a Suspended Sentence for Defamation

29 June 2018

Dutch Biggest Daily De Telegraaf Attacked in Latest Incident Targeting Media

28 June 2018

Bulgarian Journalist Georgi Ezekiev, Zov News Website Publisher, Receives Death Threat in a Filmed Interview

28 June 2018

Bulgarian Investigative Journalist's Car Set on Fire following Warnings about TV Reports

28 June 2018

Bulgarian TV Presenter Assaulted and Injured in Central Sofia

27 June 2018

Journalist Stoyan Tonchev Brutally Attacked

6 June 2018

Threats against the President of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine

6 June 2018

Ukraine: New draft Bill Risks Interfering with the Editorial Policy of the Public Service Media

5 June 2018

Corporate Secrets Bill Threatens Right to Information

5 June 2018

The Weekly Challenges Convicted for Publishing an Article on the Financial Difficulties of an International Group

16 May 2018

RIA Novosti Journalist Kyrylo Vyshynsky Held on Treason Allegations in Ukraine

16 May 2018

Russia: Proposed Amendments to Criminal Code Threaten Media Freedom

16 May 2018

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

9 May 2018

Vijesti Investigative Journalist Olivera Lakić Shot and Injured

4 May 2018

Slovak Journalist Gets a Suspended Sentence for Defamation

4 May 2018

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

2 May 2018

Ukrainian Police Accused of Violence against Journalists, Leaving one Hospitalized

2 May 2018

Arson Attack on News Website in Northwestern Ukraine

24 April 2018

Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Killed by Car Bomb

18 April 2018

Azerbaijani Journalist With Dutch citizenship Fears for His Life after Attack In Kyiv

17 April 2018

Armenian TV Station Editor Assaulted While Reporting on Road Building Project

17 April 2018

Armenian Journalist Attacked While Covering Parliamentary Elections

17 April 2018

Armenian Journalists Injured in Police Violence against Media Journalists covering Street Demonstrations

17 April 2018

Journalists Beaten and Arrested while Covering Protest Demonstration

16 April 2018

Increased Verbal Abuse Against Independent Serbian Media.

16 April 2018

Serbian Weekly ‘Vranjske Novine’ Closed Following Administrative Harassment

16 April 2018

Journalists from Magločistač News Portal Receive Death Threats

16 April 2018

Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic Sentenced to Jail for Unauthorised Publication

12 April 2018

Intimidation Campaign against NUNS (Independent Journalists Association of Serbia)

12 April 2018

Closure of the Serbian National Press Agency Tanjug

11 April 2018

Serbian Reporter Lidija Valtner Attacked During New Serbian President’s Inauguration

11 April 2018

Impunity in the Case of the Murder of Dada Vujasinovic

6 April 2018

Azerbaijani Director of Internet Television Re-arrested

3 April 2018

2 France 5 Journalists Denied Access to President Macron During his Visit to Lille

3 April 2018

Journalist Caroline Christinaz from “Le Temps” of Geneva Questioned by the Police While on a Reporting Assignment in France

28 March 2018

Slovenian Media under Police Pressure to Reveal Journalistic Sources

28 March 2018

Two Ukrainian Journalists Sentenced to 9 Years’ Imprisonment for Assisting Separatism

23 March 2018

Greek Sport Journalist Aris Asvestas Assaulted for Second Time

23 March 2018

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

21 March 2018

Strana Editor-in-Chief Flees, Seeks Asylum in Austria after Receiving Death Threats

20 March 2018

Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan Detained for Words Used on TV

On 20 March 2018, the European Court of Human Rights issued its Grand chamber judgment on Mehmet Altan’s case. The Court found there had been a violation of Article 5 § 1 (right to liberty and security) and a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention for Human Rights. With regards to article 5 §1, according to the Court findings, “Mr Altan’s continued pre-trial detention, after the Constitutional Court’s clear and unambiguous judgment of 11 January 2018 (…), could not be regarded as ‘lawful’ ”. The Court held that “for another court to call into question the powers conferred on a constitutional court to give final and binding judgments on individual applications ran counter to the fundamental principles of the rule of law and legal certainty, which (…) were the cornerstones of the guarantees against arbitrariness”. Under Article 10, the Court held in particular that “there was no reason to reach a different conclusion from that of the Constitutional Court, which had found that Mr Altan’s initial and continued pre-trial detention, following his expression of his opinions, constituted a severe measure that could not be regarded as a necessary and proportionate interference in a democratic society”. The Court pointed out in particular that “criticism of governments and publication of information regarded by a country’s leaders as endangering national interests should not attract criminal charges for particularly serious offences such as belonging to or assisting a terrorist organisation, attempting to overthrow the government or the constitutional order or disseminating terrorist propaganda”.

20 March 2018

Journalists Arrested in Major Clampdown following Failed Coup in Turkey

On 20 March 2018, the European Court of Human Rights issued its Grand chamber judgment on Şahin Alpay’s case. The Court found there had been a violation of Article 5 § 1 (right to liberty and security) and a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention for Human Rights. With regards to article 5 §1, according to the Court findings, “Mr Alpay’s continued pre-trial detention, after the Constitutional Court’s clear and unambiguous judgment of 11 January 2018 (…), could not be regarded as ‘lawful’ ”. The Court held that “for another court to call into question the powers conferred on a constitutional court to give final and binding judgments on individual applications ran counter to the fundamental principles of the rule of law and legal certainty, which (…) were the cornerstones of the guarantees against arbitrariness”. Under Article 46 (binding force and execution of judgments) of the Convention, the Court held that it was incumbent on the respondent State to ensure the termination of Mr Alpay’s pre-tria detention at the earliest possible date. Under Article 10, the Court held in particular that “there was no reason to reach a different conclusion from that of the Constitutional Court, which had found that Mr Alpay’s initial and continued pre-trial detention, following his expression of his opinions, constituted a severe measure that could not be regarded as a necessary and proportionate interference in a democratic society”. The Court pointed out in particular that “criticism of governments and publication of information regarded by a country’s leaders as endangering national interests should not attract criminal charges for particularly serious offences such as belonging to or assisting a terrorist organisation, attempting to overthrow the government or the constitutional order or disseminating terrorist propaganda”.

12 March 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

1 March 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

27 February 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

26 February 2018

Slovak Investigative Journalist Killed at Home

23 February 2018

Increased Verbal Abuse Against Independent Serbian Media.

23 February 2018

Journalist Philippe Bertinchamps Threatened with Expulsion in Serbia

23 February 2018

Intimidation Campaign against NUNS (Independent Journalists Association of Serbia)

23 February 2018

Serbian Weekly ‘Vranjske Novine’ Closed Following Administrative Harassment

23 February 2018

Journalists from Magločistač News Portal Receive Death Threats

23 February 2018

Serbian Reporter Lidija Valtner Attacked During New Serbian President’s Inauguration

23 February 2018

Journalist Stefan Cvetkovic Sentenced to Jail for Unauthorised Publication

23 February 2018

Radio Journalist and Presenter Found Dead in Home

23 February 2018

Serbian Journalist Stevan Dojčinović Target of a Smear Campaign

23 February 2018

Investigative Journalists Receive Several Death Threats, Broadcaster Claims

23 February 2018

Closure of the Serbian National Press Agency Tanjug

23 February 2018

Impunity in the Case of the Murder of Dada Vujasinovic

23 February 2018

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

23 February 2018

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

12 February 2018

Injunction Prohibiting Media from Reporting on the Financial Dealings of Iceland Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson

12 February 2018

France 2 TV channel sued in a Commercial Court by the Bolloré Group

12 February 2018

Journalist Attacked in Paris by Members or Supporters of the Jewish Defense League

12 February 2018

Around Ten Journalists from France Télévisions Assaulted by Residents

9 February 2018

Journalists Victims of Police Violence During Demonstrations

9 February 2018

Programme Cancellation and Dismissal Threats Within the French Channel Canal+

8 February 2018

French Journalists and Magistrates Subject to Death Threats

8 February 2018

French Satellite Provider under Pressure to Remove Kurdish Med Nûçe TV

7 February 2018

Expulsion of Two Russian Journalists from Latvia

7 February 2018

Front National Refuses to Grant Accreditations to Mediapart and Quotidien on the Occasion of the Party’s "Presidential Congress”

7 February 2018

The State of Emergency Permits a Ban on Journalists Covering Public Events

7 February 2018

French Journalists Victims of Phone Harassment

6 February 2018

Poland: New Bill Could Ban Journalists from Historical Debate

5 February 2018

Poland Opens Investigation over Article Critical of Constitutional Tribunal President

2 February 2018

Poland: New Bill Could Ban Journalists from Historical Debate

24 January 2018

Journalists’ Union ESIEMTH and Two Municipal Media Attacked in Thessaloniki

15 January 2018

Exiled Journalist Abducted, Detained and Faces Charges in Azerbaijan

26 December 2017

Russian Journalists Deported from Ukraine

18 December 2017

Uzbek Journalist on Interpol List Detained

18 December 2017

Government Plan to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Broadcasting

18 December 2017

Polish Journalist Receives Death Threats After Public Polish TV Classifies Her Remarks As “Harmful to Poland”

14 December 2017

Journalists Targeted by Protesters in northern Cyprus

29 November 2017

The Guardia Civil Raids Several Catalan Newsrooms

27 November 2017

Croatian Journalist Maja Sever Received Death Threat Via Facebook over Her Report on Nigerian Refugees

20 November 2017

Russia: Proposals to Extend 'Foreign Agents' Law to Media Outlets

17 November 2017

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

14 November 2017

Armenian TV Station Editor Assaulted While Reporting on Road Building Project

13 November 2017

Draft Law Threatens Independence of AGERPRES News Agency

2 November 2017

Two Spanish Journalists Deported from Ukraine

31 October 2017

Physical Attack Against Journalist Drago Miljuš

24 October 2017

Ekho Moskvy Journalist Stabbed, Hospitalised in Moscow

19 October 2017

Injunction Prohibiting Media from Reporting on the Financial Dealings of Iceland Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson

18 October 2017

Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Killed by Car Bomb

17 October 2017

Investigative Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia Killed by Car Bomb

12 October 2017

License for UK Community Radio Station Revoked

11 October 2017

Far-right Militants Threatened Novosti Newspaper During Protest

5 October 2017

Turkish-Swedish Journalist Detained at Airport Following Request by Turkey

5 October 2017

Germany: Draft Bill on Social Networks Raises Serious Free Expression Concerns

3 October 2017

Vesti’s Media Office in Kyiv Raided by National Police and Military Prosecutors

22 September 2017

Crimea’s Prosecution Opens Criminal Probe against Journalist Mykola Semena

21 September 2017

Political Appointments to Head Spanish and Catalan Public TV Channels

20 September 2017

Government Plan to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Broadcasting

13 September 2017

Criminal Case Opened against Turan Independent News Agency in Azerbaijan

12 September 2017

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

11 September 2017

Criminal Case Opened against Turan Independent News Agency in Azerbaijan

11 September 2017

Criminal Case Opened against Turan Independent News Agency in Azerbaijan

11 September 2017

Israeli-Russian Blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Be Tried in Azerbaijan

6 September 2017

Journalists Stripped of Press Accreditation and Victims of Police Violence During the G20 in Hamburg

31 August 2017

Estonian Authorities Turn Down Three Requests for Accreditation from Rossiya Segodnya to Cover EU meeting

31 August 2017

Estonian Authorities Turn Down Three Requests for Accreditation from Rossiya Segodnya to Cover EU meeting

31 August 2017

Two Reporters Injured During Storming of Parliament

31 August 2017

Journalists from Macedonian A1 TV Attacked While Covering Demonstration

31 August 2017

Three Journalists from Kosovo Arrested in Skopje

31 August 2017

Five Journalists Beaten by Police in Skopje During Protests

31 August 2017

28 Media Workers Detained and Fined for Illegal Border Crossing

31 August 2017

Macedonian Journalist Faces Death Threat

31 August 2017

Macedonian Journalist Sashe Ivanovski Physically Assaulted by Deputy Prime Minister

29 August 2017

Germany: Draft Bill on Social Networks Raises Serious Free Expression Concerns

28 August 2017

Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission Tries to Silence Newspapers Working on Banking Disclosures

16 August 2017

Ukrainian Journalist Missing in Donbass

11 August 2017

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

3 August 2017

Polish Defence Minister Seeks Criminal Charges against Journalist for 'Coercion', 'Insult' over Exposé of Associates' Contacts

3 August 2017

Polish Defence Minister Seeks Criminal Charges against Journalist for 'Coercion', 'Insult' over Exposé of Associates' Contacts

25 July 2017

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

25 July 2017

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

21 July 2017

Failure to Punish the Perpetrators of Attack on Journalists in Berdyansk

17 July 2017

Ukraine Blocks Russian Social Networks and Expands Economic Sanctions Against Russian Companies

13 July 2017

Ongoing Impunity in the Case of Killed Journalists Andrea Rocchelli, Andrei Mironov and Wounded Photographer William Roguelon

5 July 2017

Russian Journalist Ashot Dzhazoyan Banned from Entering Ukraine for Three Years

27 June 2017

Italian Journalist Risks Being Jailed for Thirty Months for Libel

27 June 2017

Pressure by a Political Party to Replace a Member of the Public Broadcaster's Supervisory Board

20 June 2017

Exiled Journalist Abducted, Detained and Faces Charges in Azerbaijan

29 May 2017

Armenian Journalist Attacked While Covering Parliamentary Elections

12 May 2017

Attack on Office of Kathimerini in Thessaloniki

12 May 2017

Pressure by Prime Minister on Public Broadcaster over Coverage

10 May 2017

Greek Journalist Arrested on Libel Charges

9 May 2017

An Albanian Journalist Received Death Threats

2 May 2017

Pressure by Prime Minister on Public Broadcaster over Coverage

2 May 2017

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

7 April 2017

Two Journalists Harassed by Far-Right Wing Protesters

20 March 2017

Pressure by a Political Party to Replace a Member of the Public Broadcaster's Supervisory Board

15 March 2017

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

14 March 2017

Albanian Journalist Elvi Fundo Attacked in Tirana

14 March 2017

Journalists Arrested in Major Clampdown following Failed Coup in Turkey

28 February 2017

New Albanian Anti-Corruption Law Threatens Media Freedom

22 February 2017

Crimea’s Prosecution Opens Criminal Probe against Journalist Mykola Semena

17 February 2017

The National Radio and TV Council of Ukraine Bans Broadcast of Russian TV Channel Dozhd

17 February 2017

Journalists Beaten by Security Guards and Local Police in Kharkiv

17 February 2017

Ukrainian Local Newspaper Raided, Office Sealed by the Representatives of the Local Authorities in Kivertsy

17 February 2017

Personal Details of Thousands of Journalists Posted on Ukrainian Website over Accreditation with Rebels

16 February 2017

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

16 February 2017

Malta Economy Minister Issues four Libel Suits and Warrants Against Blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia

16 February 2017

Continuing Impunity in the Killing of the Ukrainian Investigative Journalist Georgiy Gongadze

16 February 2017

Harassment of Journalists Natalya Kokorina and Anna Andrievska in Crimea, Ukraine by Russian Officials

16 February 2017

Pro-Russia Journalist, Oles Buzyna, Gunned Down in Kyiv, Ukraine

15 February 2017

Turkish Emergency Decree Shuts Down 9 Media Outlets

15 February 2017

Turkish Government Shuts Down 15 Pro-Kurdish Media Outlets

15 February 2017

Turkey: Arrest of At Least 12 Employees of Cumhuriyet Newspaper

15 February 2017

At least Twenty TV and Radio Channels Removed from Türksat, the National Satellite Operator

15 February 2017

Turkey: Two Journalists Detained under State of Emergency Provisions

15 February 2017

Police Raided Azadiya Welat Newspaper, at least 23 Staff Members Detained

15 February 2017

Özgür Gündem Daily Shut Down and Journalists’ Homes Raided in Turkey

15 February 2017

Journalists Arrested in Major Clampdown following Failed Coup in Turkey

15 February 2017

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

15 February 2017

Journalist Viacheslav Veremii Killed in Kyiv

15 February 2017

Senior Journalist Oleksandr Kuchynsk Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine

14 February 2017

Arson Attack on Ukrainian Broadcaster Inter TV

14 February 2017

Journalist Pavel Sheremet Killed in Car Explosion

14 February 2017

Ukrainian Journalist Maria Varfolomeyeva Held for over a Year in Eastern Ukraine

14 February 2017

Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba Held for Nearly a Year over Allegations of ‘Treason and Obstructing the Military’

13 January 2017

The National Radio and TV Council of Ukraine Bans Broadcast of Russian TV Channel Dozhd

13 January 2017

Poland - Journalists' Access to Parliament Restricted

9 January 2017

Freelance Journalist and Fixer Jovo Martinovic Tried for “Being a Member of a Criminal Organization”

20 December 2016

Spanish Journalist based in the Netherlands Victim of Online Death Threats

9 December 2016

Cyprus: Police Reporter's Car Set on Fire

9 December 2016

Slovakia’s Prime Minister uses Offensive Language towards Journalists at a Press Conference

9 December 2016

Russian Journalist Expelled from Latvia

9 December 2016

Armenian Journalists Injured in Police Violence against Media Journalists covering Street Demonstrations

7 December 2016

Freelance Journalist and Fixer Jovo Martinovic Tried for “Being a Member of a Criminal Organization”

2 December 2016

Car of Croatian Journalists' Association President Appears to Have Been Deliberately Sabotaged

21 November 2016

Serbian Journalist Stevan Dojčinović Target of a Smear Campaign

21 November 2016

Investigative Journalists Receive Several Death Threats, Broadcaster Claims

15 November 2016

Continuing Impunity in the Killing of the Ukrainian Investigative Journalist Georgiy Gongadze

7 October 2016

Masterminds still not Brought to Justice, Ten Years after the Murder of Novaya Gazeta Journalist Anna Politkovskaya

22 September 2016

Sport Journalist Kyriakos Thomaidis Faces Arrest after Police Raid on Skai TV's Building

16 September 2016

Swiss Intelligence Act threatens Secrecy of Journalistic Sources

7 September 2016

Arson Attack on Ukrainian Broadcaster Inter TV

17 August 2016

Journalist Lukasz Masiak Beaten to Death

10 August 2016

New Proposed Law Set to Increase the Power to Surveil Foreign Journalists

5 August 2016

New Anti-terrorism Law Allows Blocking of Online Media

5 August 2016

Threats to the Independence of the Romanian Public Broadcaster (TVR)

27 July 2016

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

21 July 2016

Journalist Pavel Sheremet Killed in Car Explosion

13 July 2016

Journalist Sergei Ilchenko Jailed on Extremism Charges in Moldova’s Transdniester Region

29 June 2016

Former Prime Minister Publicly Insults Two Journalists

28 June 2016

Polish Journalists Targeted in Police Wiretapping, Audit Reveals

21 June 2016

Draft Bill to Tighten Criminal Penalties for Defamation

21 June 2016

Italian Journalist Lirio Abbate Faces Hate Speech in Courtroom

21 June 2016

Headquarters of TV station Piazza Pulita Raided by Police

21 June 2016

Draft Italian Law Imposes Sanctions on Journalists who Published Wiretapping Materials

21 June 2016

Italian Journalists and Media Staff Face Death Threats Following Mafia Boss’ Funeral

20 June 2016

Criminal Investigation Opened Against Journalists for Solidarity Campaign

20 June 2016

Criminal Investigation Opened Against Journalists for Solidarity Campaign

15 June 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

10 June 2016

Poland Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

9 June 2016

'Golden Dawn' Members Violently Attacked Petros Anastassiades

9 June 2016

Police Denies TV Crew Access to Refugee Camp

7 June 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

26 May 2016

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

25 May 2016

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

18 May 2016

Sports Journalist Assaulted by President of Football Club

17 May 2016

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

13 May 2016

Personal Details of Thousands of Journalists Posted on Ukrainian Website over Accreditation with Rebels

13 May 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

13 May 2016

Threats to the Independence of the Romanian Public Broadcaster (TVR)

13 May 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

12 May 2016

Personal Details of Thousands of Journalists Posted on Ukrainian Website over Accreditation with Rebels

12 May 2016

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

11 May 2016

Chief Editor Anne Brumagne Dismissed for Criticizing a Restructuring Plan that Puts Business above Journalism

2 May 2016

Two-year Prison Sentences for Cumhuriyet Journalists Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Çetinkaya

2 May 2016

Greek Journalist Brutally Attacked during Public Rally

2 May 2016

Journalists Detained and Barred from Entering Idomeni to Report on Treatment of Refugees

2 May 2016

Police Assault Against a Photographer in Greece

29 April 2016

Journalists Working for RTL Info and France 3 Attacked in Molenbeek

29 April 2016

Palestinian Journalist Salama Attaallah Assaulted While Covering Muslim Fair in Brussels

29 April 2016

Journalists Arrested and Forced to Delete Material During Anti-TTIP Event

29 April 2016

Chief Editor Anne Brumagne Dismissed for Criticizing a Restructuring Plan that Puts Business above Journalism

18 April 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

4 April 2016

Several Vehicles Belonging to POP TV Vandalised in Ljubljana

18 March 2016

Journalists Levan Sutidze, Irakli Kiknavelidze and Nino Macharashvili Attacked in Tbilisi

15 March 2016

TV Journalist Eni Shehu Attacked by the Director of the National Theatre

10 March 2016

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

10 March 2016

Journalists and Human Rights Activists Attacked in Ingushetia

4 March 2016

Gojko Raičević Regularly Targeted by Authorities in Montenegro

3 March 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

26 February 2016

Poland Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

26 February 2016

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

25 February 2016

Belgian Journalist Assaulted Live on Air at the Cologne Carnival

11 February 2016

Molotov Cocktails and Gun Attacks on Yeni Şafak and Yeni Akit Newspapers

25 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

14 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

12 January 2016

Cumhuriyet Journalist Canan Coşkun Faces 23 Years in Prison for Alleged Insult

11 January 2016

Journalist Beyza Kural Briefly Detained and Threatened with Violence by Police While Covering Protest

11 January 2016

'Today's Zaman' Journalist Bülent Keneş Arrested

8 January 2016

ABC News Cameraman Attacked and Detained for Three Hours by Police

5 January 2016

Polish Law on Public Service Broadcasting Removes Guarantees of Independence

15 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

15 December 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

7 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

3 December 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

1 December 2015

Kurdish Daily Attacked, Doors Broken and 32 Journalists Interrogated

30 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

30 November 2015

Two Turkish Journalists, Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan, Charged with "Inciting Armed Rebellion"

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

27 November 2015

Imprisonment of Two Senior Editors of the Turkish Daily Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

25 November 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

24 November 2015

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

17 November 2015

Detention of the Vice News Fixer Mohammed Ismael Rasool

17 November 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

16 November 2015

Police Used Teargas Against a Group of About 30 Journalists

12 November 2015

Three Media Staff Assaulted at Pegida Rally

12 November 2015

Journalist Attacked in Paris by Members or Supporters of the Jewish Defense League

12 November 2015

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

10 November 2015

UK Draft Bill on Surveillance Threatens Protection of Journalists' Sources

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

30 October 2015

Turkey: Seizure of Media Holding, with Police Raids and Temporary Closure of Two Major Television Channels, Days Prior to Elections

23 October 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

22 October 2015

Journalist Seyithan Akyüz Sentenced to more than 22 Years

22 October 2015

Art and Literature Journalist Erdal Süsem Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Left-Wing Female Journalist Hatice Duman Serving Life-Time Imprisonment in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Kenan Karavil Sentenced to more than 19 Years

22 October 2015

Alawite Journalist Miktat Algül Sentenced to 61 Years in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Mustafa Gök Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Journalist Erol Zavar, Suffering from a Cancer, is Serving Life Sentence in Turkey

22 October 2015

Turkish Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan Found Guilty of Insulting President Erdoğan

22 October 2015

Police Violence Against a Journalist Covering Protests in Turkey

22 October 2015

Newspaper Editor Prosecuted for Insulting the President over Reports about a Judicial Corruption Probe

22 October 2015

Dutch Journalist Charged with ‘Terrorism’ in Turkey

14 October 2015

'Today's Zaman' Journalist Bülent Keneş Arrested

1 October 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

1 October 2015

Hürriyet Journalist Ahmet Hakan Threatened and Attacked

24 September 2015

Georgian TV Channel Rustavi 2 Faces Crippling Court Measures in Civil Case

17 September 2015

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

17 September 2015

Ukraine Bans 38 European Journalists and Bloggers over “National Interest, Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity"

15 September 2015

Turkish Special Operations Team Attacks Journalists Covering the Transfer of Injured Police Officer to a Hospital

9 September 2015

Serbian Investigative Journalist Ivan Ninić Suffers Brutal Attack

8 September 2015

Journalist Fired over Tweets Critical of Erdoğan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 September 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

28 August 2015

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

28 August 2015

Attacks and Intimidation on Journalists Covering Workers’ Strikes in Turkey

28 August 2015

Meydan TV Director Emin Milli Threatened for Critical Reporting on European Games

27 August 2015

DIHA Journalist Cüneyt Yavuz Injured in Tear Gas Canister Attack During Clashes Between Police and Protesters

27 August 2015

Turkey’s Chief Prosecutor Seeks 7.5 Year Jail Term Against 18 Journalists over Siege Picture

27 August 2015

LGBT Journalist Beaten by Police Officers

25 August 2015

Serbian Journalist Predrag Blagojević Assaulted by Police at a Music Festival over Identification

21 August 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

11 August 2015

Journalists Beaten and Arrested while Covering Protest Demonstration

10 August 2015

Murder of Azerbaijani Journalist Rasim Aliyev

3 August 2015

Journalist Sergei Ilchenko Jailed on Extremism Charges in Moldova’s Transdniester Region

9 July 2015

Journalist Lukasz Masiak Beaten to Death

30 June 2015

Electoral Coverage under Political Control in Spain

24 June 2015

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

1 June 2015

Journalist Seymour Hazi Sentenced on Hooliganism Charges

1 June 2015

Trumped-up Charges to Silence an Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Journalist Nijat Aliyev Sentenced to 10 Years in Jail in Baku

1 June 2015

Senior Journalist Araz Guliyev Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Trumped-up Charges and Trial Without Due Process to Silence an Azerbaijani Journalist

1 June 2015

Independent Senior Journalist Parviz Hashimli Jailed in Azerbaijan

1 June 2015

Media Freedom Activist Emin Huseynov Charged with Tax Evasion and Abuse of Power

21 May 2015

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

20 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

15 May 2015

Two Danish Journalists Prosecuted for Exposing a Public Health Hazard

15 May 2015

Spanish Public Security Law Threatens Freedom of Press

12 May 2015

Administrative Blocking of Websites "Inciting Terrorism"

12 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

6 May 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

28 April 2015

French Journalist at the Origin of LuxLeaks Revelations Charged in Luxembourg

22 April 2015

Macedonian Journalist Faces Death Threat

13 April 2015

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

13 April 2015

France Legalises Mass Surveillance of its Citizens

2 April 2015

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

2 April 2015

Forced Closure of Crimean Tatar-Language Media Outlets

22 January 2015

Investigative Journalist Sergei Reznik Handed a 3-Year Jail Term for ‘Insults’ Charges in Russia

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